Phishing Alert - Students

Alert message sent 07/06/2016 10:25:00

Information sent on behalf of Cheshire Constabulary


The information contained within this alert is based on the reports received by Action Fraud and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) phishing inbox in April and May 2016. The purpose of this alert is to raise awareness of a phishing scam targeting students of UK universities.


A new phishing campaign which has hit students of UK universities claims that the student has been awarded an educational grant by the Department for Education. The email (example below) purports to have come from the Finance Department of the student’s university and tricks the recipient into clicking on a link contained in the message to provide personal and banking details.

One victim reported that after submitting their sensitive information (including name, address, date of birth, contact details, telephone provider, bank account details, student ID, National Insurance Number, driving licence number and mother’s maiden name), they were taken to a spoofed website which appeared like a genuine website of their bank, where they were asked to type in their online banking login credentials.

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Ian Harding (Police, PC, Chester LPU PC)

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